For Brunswick Normandy pair, Triple Crown award is nice fit

BOWLING

February 06, 1994|By DON VITEK

The Triple Crown award goes to the league bowler who posts the highest figures in three categories: high game, set and average.

Of the thousands of female bowlers in this area, only a few will achieve this accomplishment. Two of them competed at Brunswick Normandy in Ellicott City: Debbie Bell and Chris Hollinde.

Bell of Dayton carries a 165 average. Tuesday she bowls in the Mixed Fivesome league and on Wednesday in the Queen Bee. It was in the Mixed Fivesome last season that she posted her career high figures.

Using a 12-pound Brunswick Lazer bowling ball, Bell pounded out a 246 game, a 611 series and a 162 average.

"I wasn't doing anything different," she said. "Except that on Sunday mornings I've been practicing a little bit. That seems to make a world of difference."

Hollinde of Sykesville is bowling in the Friday Poets league at Fair Lanes King Point, Randallstown, this season and maintaining a 152 average. Last season she bowled in a single league at Brunswick Normandy, the Wednesday Mixed Fivesome.

Her career high game and series are identical to the numbers she posted in the Mixed Fivesome on Wednesday nights to win the Triple Crown.

Her game was 212, the series was 577. She finished with a 150 average.

"I still haven't been able to roll the big 600," she said with a laugh. "On the other hand the 577 was my first 500 set and that night I was open in the last frame twice.

"I really wasn't doing anything different. The night I had the high ,, game and high set was just one of those great nights everyone has occasionally. I was in the pocket just about every shot because I had a great line to play."

Good news and bad news

Tom Sandusky of Columbia began tenpin bowling when he was 9, quit for 12 years and in 1992 picked up again.

He quickly regained his form. His top average last season was 209.

Sandusky said that because he was basically a down-and-in bowler, it was easy for him to start scoring well because of changes "in the equipment and the lane conditions."

The three leagues he bowled in were all at Normandy lanes -- the Wednesday Anytime Funtime, the Tuesday Doubles and the Friday BG&E.

Last month in the Bowler of the Month tournament at Brunswick Normandy he had a great day. And there's good news and bad news about that.

The good news is that Sandusky rolled a fantastic series; the bad news is that the tournament was not sanctioned and the set will not be recognized by the American Bowling Congress.

Sandusky shot a 299, a 287 and a 216 for a 802 series.

"He was dead in the pocket with every ball in the first game,"

said Ed Lanehart, a competitor in the Bowler of the Month event. "As so often happens to right-handed bowlers he left a ringing 10 with the last shot. In the second game he threw nine strikes in row [for the 287 game]."

In the third game Sandusky left a six-pin standing in the first frame, didn't pick up the spare and finished with the 216 game.

"He still needed a mark in the last frame of the third game to gethe 800 set," Lanehart said. "A strike, of course, would do, but he left the seven-pin standing."

Sandusky made the spare and counted enough to finish with that 216 and the 802 series.

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